WAYNESBORO, Pa. - While state Sen. Terry Punt announced this week that Waynesboro's long-anticipated Center Square project has an earlier start date, a spokesman with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has said that might not be the case.
Punt, R-Franklin, said he told the Rotary Club of Waynesboro Tuesday that he has taken steps to pre-order traffic signal poles that will allow PennDOT to bid the project in early summer and take advantage of the 2008 construction season.
However, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said the project remains within its previous time frame to have an October construction start. He said the transportation department has been talking with Punt to find a way to move up the bidding process, but hasn't done so yet.
"Can we do it as early as May or June? We don't know," Penny said.
Penny said that PennDOT feels the only way to launch efforts earlier would be to enter a design-build process, which allows contractors to do part of the engineering themselves.